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2021 elections

On Thursday 6 May 2021 a combination of local elections will take place in Colchester.

This will include the two postponed elections from May 2020: the Borough election; and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election.

These elections will run alongside the scheduled Essex County election. Some areas may also have parish elections, if they are contested.

It is an all-out election for Essex County, with elections across all 9 County divisions within Colchester Borough. The Essex County ballot paper will be white.

There is one Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for the whole of Essex. You will vote for your first choice candidate and can include a second choice. The PFCC election ballot paper will be buff.

There will be an election across all 17 Borough wards. With one of the three councillors up for election this year, as the Borough elects by thirds. For the Colchester Borough Council election you will vote for one candidate. Those registered in the Prettygate Ward will vote for two candidates due to an existing vacancy. The Borough election ballot paper will be salmon.

2021 Election timetable

Notices pertinent to each election will appear here in due course, in accordance with the timetable.

Poll cards will be dispatched in early April.

Friday 19 March 2021 Notice of Election published
Thursday 8 April 2021 4.00pm Candidate nomination deadline
Monday 19 April 2021 Midnight Registration to vote deadline
Tuesday 20 April 2021 5.00pm Postal vote deadline
Tuesday 27 April 2021 5.00pm Last day to apply for a proxy vote
Thursday 6 May 2021 Polling day

Verification and count

All votes will be verified overnight following the close of poll at 10pm on Thursday 6 May.

  • Colchester Borough election votes will be counted that same night with the result likely to be declared in the early hours of the morning.
  • Essex County election votes will be counted on the afternoon of Friday 7 May.
  • PFCC election votes will be counted on the afternoon of Saturday 8 May.

Attendance at the Verifications and Counts will be via admission ticket from the Returning Officer only and will follow the legal requirements for such attendance.

Page last reviewed: 8 March 2021

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